What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Thursday 12th July

What’s on telly tonight? Our pick of the best shows on Thursday 12th July
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TV Times top picks for tonight

What’s on telly tonight? Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight the best shows on Thursday 12th July

Keeping Faith, 9pm, BBC1

A missing husband, some dangerous criminals and a long-held family secret are at the heart of this brilliantly gripping thriller starring Torchwood and Broadchurch actress Eve Myles. The eight-parter, which was originally shown in Welsh on S4C and in English on BBC Wales, broke iPlayer records with more than 9.5 million downloads before coming to BBC1. Tonight’s tense opener follows small-town lawyer and mum-of-three Faith Howells, who begins a fight for the truth when her husband and business partner Evan (Bradley Freegard) suddenly disappears one otherwise ordinary morning… Rating: ****

John Bishop: In Conversation, 10pm, W

This week’s guest on the comedian’s reliably enjoyable chat show is Ruth Jones, best known for comedy-drama Gavin & Stacey, which she co-wrote and starred in with James Corden. As she looks back over her life and career, Ruth tells John about growing up in Porthcawl in Wales – where she went to the same school as future co-star Rob Brydon – and recalls how, when Gavin & Stacey unexpectedly became a huge, award-winning hit, she and James Corden reacted to its success in very different ways. The modest actress and writer also talks about her new career as a novelist, and the loss of her beloved dad. There’s a chance to see the first ever episode of Gavin & Stacey at 11.40pm. Rating: ***

The Game Show Serial Killer, 9pm, ITV

In December 1985, a brother and sister were shot in the head and their farmhouse burnt down around them. Four years later the same unknown killer struck again, tying up Peter and Gwen Dixon, robbing them and then shooting them, again in the head. Unluckily for John Cooper, three weeks before that murder he’d appeared on Bullseye, then one of Sunday evening’s most popular shows. Even more unluckily, he looked almost the spit of an artist’s impression of the killer – “I’d never seen a match as close as this”, said a cop on the case. Susanna Reid investigates the bizarre case of the killer caught by teatime TV. Rating: ****

More previews tomorrow.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

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